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Painting with Impressionism — “After Monet”

We began our les­son by look­ing at exam­ples of Monet’s paint­ings in an old Monet art cal­en­dar.  I chose his paint­ing of Antibes for us to “copy” and hung it up where every­one could see it.  Then I explained to my 1st graders that art stu­dents some­times copy a famous paint­ing in order to learn […]

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Painting Great Greens!

Green is a color that stu­dents often take for granted.  When paint­ing greens, many will default to just using the green in their paint set.  This results in paint­ings that lack depth and inter­est.  With some basic color mix­ing instruc­tion, kids can paint a vari­ety of greens and greatly improve their paint­ings at the same […]

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Children’s Prayers for the World

 I love this project that Bar­bara Mendence, a 2nd grade teacher at our school, does with her stu­dents each year!  Not only is this a fun art les­son, but it makes for a great geog­ra­phy les­son and cul­ture study as well.  Armed with a list that includes all the coun­tries of the world, her class […]

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Crayon Resist Easter Card

Here’s a quick and easy crayon resist project I did with some of my 1st and 2nd graders.  Stu­dents folded 12x18 paper in half and painted on the front, for a charm­ing Easter card.  Inside, they wrote: “He is risen!  He is risen indeed!” Mate­ri­als: 12x18 heavy-weight white con­struc­tion paper black crayons water­col­ors (I like the […]

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Snowflake Crayon Resist

This fun les­son was inspired by a project I saw on Art Projects for Kids… “Water­color Resist Snowflakes”. I changed it up just a lit­tle for my Kinder­garten classes and they had a blast doing this! First we talked a bit about snowflakes and then I showed them some amaz­ing pho­tographs of real snowflakes (taken with […]

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Watercolor Fish

These are your basic crayon resist fish, but with a new twist.… stu­dents painted the fish sep­a­rately from the back­ground, then we glued them on top after every­thing was dry. The result is a back­ground that looks con­tin­u­ous. Try sprin­kling some salt on your back­ground before it dries for an inter­est­ing, “watery” effect! I like […]

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Kindergarten Birds

These kinder­garten bird paint­ings are guar­an­teed to make you smile! I was com­pletely charmed by these when my stu­dents did them last week, so I wanted to share a few, along with some tips for get­ting great results.… I began by shar­ing a spe­cial “artist secret” with my stu­dents.… that “artists use shapes to help […]

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